Coop warmer and other things

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by epeloquin, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four out of my six chickens that are moulting, two of them heavily. We live in New England and it has been rather nippy here at night. Normally my girls can handle the cold no problem. But since they've been moulting they have been a little cold. The moulting hens spend a good part of the day in the coop except when they want to eat.

    So I came up a very inexpensive idea for a simple but effective heater.



    Also check out my videos on my water heater and chicken feeder.
     
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey, thats pretty clever....i hope it works great for ur chickens
     
  3. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rivets...what's the plan for changing the bulb?

    Or is the thought that since the heater is temporary the bulb shouldn't need changing?
     
  4. Hazard

    Hazard Out Of The Brooder

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    I think that bulb is going to burn out very quickly. Then what?

    The inside of that will get too warm with no air moving around the bulb. Then it will burn out because of the excessive heat. Even a 20-40 watt will go quickly.
     
  5. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u could possibly drill holes in the sheet metal.....just to let some of the air get out.
     
  6. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you look at the light itself, there are vent holes at the top near the bulb housing. The bulb does not overheat at all. Remember, this is being used in cold weather.

    As for the rivets, as I mentioned in the video, I used them because that is what I had. Self tapping sheet metal screws would be ideal. As for changing the bulb, I am not very concerned for two reasons. I will not need to use this very often because I only need it when they are moulting. Otherwise they don't need heat. But if I do need to change the bulb, they are only aluminum rivets. I just cut off the bottom of the rivet with a pair of dykes. I actually already did this because I originally used a 40 watt bulb but it was not hot enough to heat the panel.

    As I mentioned in the vid, the point here is creating a solution with what you already have lying around. I could have bought a ceramic heater that screws into the light socket but they cost about $20. I was able to make this for free with things I already had lying around. Of course there is always going to be someone that has a better idea but for me the operative idea is 'inexpensive' or better yet 'free'.
     

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